General AviationFirst C-130J Super Hercules set to arrive in Algeria

First C-130J Super Hercules set to arrive in Algeria

The first of four brand new Lockheed C-130J Super Hercules is set to be delivered to the transport and logistics arm of the Algerian Air Force.

Algeria hopes to improve its airlift and transport capacity with the new Super Hercules it ordered late last year.

The first C-130J was seen in May at the Greenville/Donaldson Airport in South Carolina, and wearing the Algerian civil registration livery and registration 7T-WJA.

So far, Algerian pilots and mechanics have completed their aircraft training on the type in the United States which they began in mid-2020.

The new Super Hercules transports will join eight C-130H and six C-130H-30 transports in service with the 2ème Escadre de Transport Tactique et Logistique (2nd tactical transport and logistics squadron) operating from the Boufarik airbase.

The C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft is the newest version of the legacy C-130, featuring a comprehensive upgrade with a redesigned fuselage, new engines, flight deck, and other systems. It is the only model currently in production.

The Super Hercules features a new Rolls-Royce AE 2100 D3 turboprop engines with Dowty R391composite scimitar propellers, digital avionics, head-up displays (HUD’s) for each pilot, and reduced crew requirements.

According to Lockheed Martins, these upgrades have improved performance over its C-130E/H predecessors, such as 40% greater range, 21% higher maximum speed, and 41% shorter takeoff distance.

Ekene Lionel
Ekene Lionel is an author for The Aviator Africa, covering military aviation. He has worked as a journalist and defense tech writer for 5 years, much of that time focusing on military and emerging technologies.

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